CHARLENE LIU: 1st International Printmaking Exhibition

June 18th, 2013


We are pleased to announce gallery artists Charlene Liu is featured in

The 1st International Printmaking Exhibition

Kyoto City International Exchange Hall 2F
Sister-City exhibition Room
2-1 Torrii cho Awataguchi
Sakyou-Ku, Kyoto 606-8536
Tel: 075-752-1187
June 18-23, 2013
Gallery hours: 9am-6pm

FUREAI Hall Gallery, NHK Broadcasting Center
2-2-1 Jin-nan Shibuya-Ku Tokyo 150-8001
Tel: 03-3481-5614
June 25-30
Gallery hours: 9am-6pm

Curated by woodcut artist, poet and Zen priest Hajime Maboroshi.


CHARLENE LIU: Everywhere Close To Me

June 9th, 2012

April 14 – May 19, 2012

Taylor De Cordoba is proud to present Everywhere Close To Me, Charlene Liu’s third exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba. The exhibition will run from April 14 – May 19, 2012 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, April 14th from 6 – 8PM.

In her new body of works on paper and panel, Liu manipulates the medium of paper itself to create a series of beautiful yet unsettling abstractions. Along with acrylic airbrush, handmade paper is Liu’s material of choice and she uses delicately pigmented papers to build her collaged works. Armed with an overtly feminine palette of pinks, peaches, mints and violets, the work oscillates between extreme beauty and the saccharin. Through a process of forming paper pulp into shapes and painting with pigmented pulp, Liu cultivates chance and embraces a stylistic looseness that playfully mines painterly traditions.

Drawing from the everyday of her domestic interior and backyard landscape, as well as, chinoiserie and decorative art objects, Liu repeatedly recasts and collides motifs until their specificity collapses and a new world emerges. Clustered plum blossoms lie tangled in a chain link fence as loose abstract marks float through a celestial backdrop. Swooping and drifting the imagery can’t be contained, pushing through entangling lines and the confines of the rectangle. In the larger works, she subverts by piling up delicate motifs and details until they become dominating, even grotesque.

The combined elements create a pictorial space confounding ideas of ornamentation and desire, high and low forms, figure and ground. Repeatedly, Liu walks the line between celebration and critique, as she moves gracefully from imagery to abstraction. The result is a stunning series of imagined landscapes.

Liu lives and works in Eugene, OR where she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. Born in Taiwan in 1975, Liu received an MFA from Columbia University in 2003 and a BA from Brandeis University in 1997. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Taylor De Cordoba Gallery (Los Angeles), Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR), and Shaheen Modern & Contemporary (Cleveland, OH). Her work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Flash Art International among others and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the New Museum (New York), and the Progressive Art Collection (Cleveland, OH).

CHARLENE LIU: New American Paintings

May 9th, 2012

Ellen Caldwell reviews Charlene Liu’s exhibition “Everywhere Close to Me” in New American Paintings

“In her third solo show “Everywhere Close to Me” at Taylor De Cordoba, Charlene Liu creates and mediates really special moments with her works on paper.  Using delicate cutouts, overlapping and woven papers, and sculptural pigmented pulpy constructs, Liu creates a world that is both delicate and daring.”

Click HERE for the complete article

CHARLENE LIU: Solo Show, Portland

July 10th, 2010

Charlene Liu’s solo exhibition Fugue recently opened at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The series of new works on paper will be on view through July 31. From the Press Release:

The title of the exhibition, Fugue, refers to Liu’s constant repetition of certain forms, motifs, and patterns. Particular visual ideas from past works are woven together, altered and re-sampled, until awareness and a sense of place are lost, provoking a feeling of disorientation. The works hold the viewer in transitory moments; they often refer to abstracted natural landscapes, and the transitional state between growth and decay.

CHARLENE LIU: If It Were a Slow Echo

November 7th, 2009

Charlene Liu: If It Were A Slow Echo
November 7 – December 19, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday November 7, 6-8PM

Taylor De Cordoba is proud to present If It Were A Slow Echo, the gallery’s second exhibition of works on paper by Charlene Liu. The exhibition will run from November 7 – December 19, 2009 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, November 7th from 6 – 8PM.

In her new works on paper, Charlene Liu continues her interest in the natural landscape, abstracting directly from overlooked and diminutive moments of growth and decay. Many of the works allude to the vanitas of Dutch and Renaissance still-life paintings. The show’s title, If It Were a Slow Echo, recalls the transitory moments of sensory experience and the repetition of motifs that slowly weaves together patterns, lines, and color to the brink of chaotic excess. Combining collaged prints and traditional painting techniques, Liu layers, stains, and composes her paintings; interminably dissolving the transition between figure and ground. It’s an unpredictable and slow reveal with the effect of a quiet, amnesiac sense of disorientation.

In this way Liu’s work rocks back and forth between stasis and activity, order and entropy, becoming and receding. Her color palette operates similarly; in several works on paper, a subdued pastel palette resembles the color of an injury – a bruise or an infection, more than the onslaught of spring. Polka dotted hole punches appear as barnacles or parasites, traversing the picture plane at an exponential rate, bubbling and swelling in tandem with twisted brambles.

Born in Taiwan in 1975, Liu earned her MFA at Columbia University in 2003. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art in Cleveland (2008), Taylor De Cordoba in Los Angeles (2007 and 2009), Virgil de Voldère in New York (2006), and Andrea Rosen Gallery, also in New York (2003). Liu is an assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, Eugene.


March 26th, 2008

Taylor De Cordoba presents:


featuring new work by:
Kimberly Brooks, Frohawk Two Feathers, Kyle Field, Charlene Liu & Jeana Sohn.

Saturday March 29
Sunday March 30

Le Parker Meridian
118 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

To schedule a viewing appointment contact Heather Taylor

Charlene Liu in Cleveland

February 27th, 2008

Charlene Liu has new work on exhibit at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art in Cleveland.

You can view some of her new pieces by clicking here.


December 4th, 2007

Taylor De Cordoba is thrilled to be participating in Aqua Art Miami 2007 at the Aqua Hotel.

Fair dates:
December 6- 9

Exhibiting works by…
Sasha Bezzubov + Jessica Sucher
Kimberly Brooks
Ryan Callis
Frohawk Two Feathers
Kyle Field
Timothy Hull
Charlene Liu
Melissa Manfull
Claire Oswalt
Jeana Sohn

CHARLENE LIU: Before the Storm

September 8th, 2007

Charlene Liu: Before the Storm

September 8 – October 13, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday September 8th, 2007 6pm-9pm

From September 8 – October 13, Taylor De Cordoba will present Before the Storm, marking the Los Angeles debut of Charlene Liu.  In this exhibition of new works on paper and panel, the artist uses a combination of hand dyed paper, oil, ink and watercolor to create abstract landscapes. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday Sept. 8 from 6 – 9PM.

In Before the Storm, Liu depicts microcosms of nature. As allegories, they remind us that forces of nature are beyond our control.  She creates a world in flux; flowers turning to minerals, pebbles to flowers, plant to water, animal to plant. She evokes invented landscapes from the abstracted patterns of color, shape and light. There is stillness in the work, but also a tension that without warning, a spontaneous re-configuration could alter the landscape.

In Mad Bloom, she invites viewers to peer through the interior of a vibrantly hued plant. In Dewdrop, she creates a deconstructed portrait of a plant changing into a water-like state. Some pieces have a more ominous tone.  In Uneven Orbit, polka-dotted legs and arms float amidst a swell of flowers and an ambiguous natural force, as if caught.  The delicate and ephemeral in nature become harbingers of ensuing change and agents of chaos.  Liu’s landscapes serve as reminders of the unceasing potential for metamorphosis in the natural world.

The power and beauty of Liu’s work relies on her mastery of materials and her mixed media process. Liu “paints” with hand dyed, marbleized papers, which she collages alongside watercolor, oil and ink. The seamless integration of these techniques allows Liu to express the movement, cycles and processes found in nature.

Charlene Liu graduated with a MFA from Columbia University in 2003. Her works were recently exhibited in Virgil de Voldere Gallery in New York, Galleria Il Capricorno in Italy, and Andrea Rosen Gallery 2 in New York. The artist resides and works in New York City and Eugene, OR.